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Scene Around Town
In fact, it is surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes.
All of that said, I think the keys to ice fishing involve three things. How much cold your body can withstand, how much patience you have, and of course, where you drilled the holes. That last one is important.
Closer to home, Calhoun County accounts for nearly six-dozen bodies of water larger than five acres. Duck Lake is the largest with 630 acres; Goguac comes in second at 352.
on a sunny summer day. First, you have to cut a hole in it... the water. Some will use a hand auger which looks a lot like a giant brace and bit (hand-crank drill). Others in more of a hurry, use gaso- line-powered augers.
As a final thought, I offer this Nor- wegian narrative. Ole and Sven grabbed their poles and headed out to do some ice fishing. As they were augering a hole in the ice they heard a loud voice from above say, “There are no fish un- der the ice.” Ole and Sven moved about 25 feet over and started to drill another hole. The voice said a little stronger, “There are no fish under the ice.” They both looked around and then looked up. Ole said in a humble voice, “Are you God?”
But no matter where you live in Michigan according to the Michigan Historical Society, you are never more than about six miles from a lake offer- ing each of us recreational opportunities on or under the water 12 months of the year.
Once the hole is drilled, winter anglers kneel on the ice and begin to remove the frosty slush with a giant ladle. However, the ice fisher is not quite yet ready to wet a line. She or he will open a five-gallon bucket or ice fishing sled, and pull out and set up their tip-up equipment. Tip-ups are contraptions that are just the opposite of bobbers. Instead of the float going down when the fish take the bait, the colorful flag device flips or tips up when the quarry snags the hook. That can take from about five minutes to several hours depending upon how ‘they’re bitin.’ I still think a quick
Now that winter has finally arrived, those willing to bundle up and wander out on the frozen liquid, can begin ice fishing. Personally I would rather take my chances in the freezer section of lo- cal markets than to venture more than a foot or more from terra firma. But, there are those hearty souls who do enjoy the sport and to them I say, “Safe ice-cov- ered kismet.”
The voice spoke back, “No ya idiots! I’m the ice rink attendant.” I told you,
if you want to be ‘Scene around town,’ you gotta know where to drill the holes.
Ice fishing requires a bit more equip- ment than just casting a line in the water
If you don’t have a Michigan fishing license, here is good news. The 2020 Free Fishing Weekends in Michigan are scheduled for February 15 & 16 and June 13 & 14.
For more
than six decades, Michigan has proudly promoted its 11,000+ lakes on auto license plates from Water Wonderland to the Great Lakes State.
trip to the freezer section looks pretty appealing.
First, cut a hole in the ice.
In the meantime, those diehards shudder in ice shanties, perch on pews, or generally mill around getting cold feet among other things, until they land a keeper.
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